Definition of blackface in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈblakfeɪs


  • 1A sheep of a breed with a black face.
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    • In October of 2003, members purchased cheviot rams at the breeding sales and crossed them onto the native blackface Ox Mountain ewes.
    • Meat from Scotland's famous blackface sheep, one of the country's oldest breeds, can be ordered online.
    • The sale attracts buyers from all over Ireland because the Mourne blackface has all the qualities required for profitable sheep farming in the difficult years ahead.
  • 2 [mass noun] Make-up used by a non-black performer playing a black role.
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    • It seems that the performers were rehearsing in blackface.
    • The white practice of copying African American mannerisms became so widespread that actors performing in blackface eventually squeezed black theater out of existence.
    • Most of the rest of the songs, original and traditional, are performed in blackface to illustrate the progress of his minstrel career.

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